Presentation on theme: "Why Not Boycott Palm Oil? Why Support the RSPO?. Why We Do Not Support Boycotting Palm Oil Indonesia and Malaysia struggle with poverty… developing."— Presentation transcript:
Why We Do Not Support Boycotting Palm Oil Indonesia and Malaysia struggle with poverty… developing countries need some way to drive their economies We realize that palm oil would be replaced with another crop that could cause worse environmental problems (like soy in the Amazon) China and India are the world’s largest consumers of palm oil
Palm oil plants can produce 4-10 times more oil per parcel of land than other oil crops. (Less land is needed to produce more oil.) Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service –Commodity Report Dec 2007
We Do Not Support Palm Oil as a Biofuel Option The amount of palm oil needed for biofuel could not be produced sustainably. Unsustainably produced palm oil causes greenhouse gas emissions and is not a “green” alternative to gasoline. The EPA made a recent decision not to explore palm oil as a source of biofuel.
Sustainability and the RSPO We support the RSPO Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was the first zoo to become a member of the RSPO (2010) We are in the Environmental-NGO category London Zoo joined soon after
RSPO Members (E-NGO) WWF FFI (Fauna & Flora International) Wetlands International BORA (Borneo Rhino Alliance) Cheyenne Mountain Zoo The Zoological Society of London Conservation International NWF (National Wildlife Federation) Oran Utan Republik PanEco Foundation World Resources Institute Orangutan Land Trust SOS (Sumatran Orangutan Society) Global Environment Centre San Diego Global Indianapolis Zoo The RSPO has strong support and is helping the industry move towards sustainable palm oil.
We Know the RSPO is Not Perfect There are problems for people on both sides of the RSPO. Growers think criteria can be too strict, certification too slow, and not enough companies are buying CSPO. Growers are not receiving premiums promised for CSPO. Environmentalists think RSPO is not strict enough in enforcing principles and criteria. Differing opinions about HCV assessments.
Zoos Can Have a Voice RSPO is the only multi- stakeholder program making progress toward palm oil sustainability. Joining the RSPO can give zoos a voice in guiding RSPO decisions. CMZ voted along with other environmental NGO’s on ways to make progress in the RSPO. London Zoo sponsored a resolution to stop the use of Paraquat (a pesticide).
What Can Zoos Do to Help? Promote Sustainable Palm Oil Have guests purchase products from RSPO member companies only Have guests write letters to their favorite companies that are not RSPO members and ask them to join Help to educate millions of guests each year!
CMZ Developed a Logo We are asking companies to label their products accordingly We asked RSPO if they were going to develop a logo We developed our own sustainable palm oil logo RSPO released a logo for CSPO soon after
Awareness Tool Kits on DVD Help move sustainable palm oil forward. Get your palm oil awareness tool kit today!
For four years Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has facilitated a palm oil awareness survey for other Zoos. The results are showing that progress is being made in the support of sustainable palm oil.